2nd May 2017: Birth Anniversary of 3rd Druk Gyalpo- National Holiday

3rd_KingMay 2 is a Public holiday in Bhutan. It is the Birth Anniversary of the Third King of Bhutan. It is also celebrated as Teachers’ Day because it was the Third Druk Gyalpo who began the modernisation of the country and established a modern educational system.

Druk Gyalpo Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, the Third Dragon King of Bhutan, was born on May 2, 1929. He succeeded to the throne in 1952, following the death of his father Jigme Wangchuck. The new Druk Gyalpo immediately began to take steps toward modernisation of Bhutan.

This same week, the 5th of May 2017, is also a National Holiday to observe Zhabdrung Kuchoe.

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